3 Reasons Why You Should Consider A Hardwood Alternative for Your Floor

While flooring trends are always changing, hardwood flooring is consistently the most desired flooring for the average living space. Its combination of durability and elegance, along with the fact that it’s easy to clean has kept it desirable as flooring trends change. But there are some situations where hardwood flooring might not be the best option.

We have 3 situations here where you might want to use an alternative to hardwood. So let’s jump in with 3 reasons why you should consider using a Hardwood Alternative for your Floor.


Cost is too High

Hardwood is expensive. In fact, it is easily one of the most expensive flooring options out there. And many families have better places where they can put their money, or they might not have that kind of money at all.

But that doesn’t mean you have to lose that hardwood elegance. Material like vinyl, cork, bamboo, and laminate can be designed to look indistinguishable from hardwood. You can literally invite anyone who’s not a home renovator to your home and they will be convinced that your Vinyl floor is actually hardwood.


High Moisture Area

Wood absorbs water, and can tear down very easily when exposed to excess moisture. While you can lessen the damage with certain types of wood and coats, hardwood floors remains a risky option if you live in an area with high moisture or high risk flooding.

In these situations, we recommend laminate or tile flooring as a substitute. These types of floors are highly customizable and can bring a unique look to the home while still having the beauty and elegance that a hardwood floor would bring to your home.


Environmental Impact

Believe it or not, wood comes from trees. Trees we have to cut down. While climate change is caused mostly by large corporations, there is a real benefit to being ecologically mindful in all of our purchases. Even if the impact is minimal, the constant mindfulness can inspire those around you to demand more from their corporations, their communities and their politicians that can create a ripple effect.

Hardwood flooring actually takes up a lot of wood, and many sellers source their wood overseas, and it can be hard to regulate. With the threat of climate change getting worse each day, we have to put an end to these practices and start using environmentally friendly alternatives.

Bamboo and cork flooring are great environmentally friendly options, as long as you get them from an environmentally friendly, and reputable seller. You want to be careful because sometimes the emissions it takes to transport these materials from other companies can be worse than getting plain hardwood, so do your research.

You can also get rid of the hassle and ask us about our green flooring, which we can guarantee is environmentally beneficial and will look lovely in your home.

Buying Flooring Online vs In-Store

Buying Flooring Online vs In-Store

Life’s gotten pretty cushy in the last few years. Thirty years ago, you had to get up and change a channel manually, you had to dial manually, you had to get in your car and go to wherever you wanted to buy something from, and if you wanted to talk to a friend or a family member, you’d have to see them face to face. Now, pretty much everything is available at your fingertips; with all the ease of online shopping, and online connecting, who needs to go in store anymore? The reasons are more beneficial than you think.


We’re not going to say everything is better in a brick-and-mortar; surely you can buy many things online, sight unseen. But some things like jeans, shoes, bathing suits, and flooring really should be seen in real life, and tried on just like anything else. What you see online may not be the same as if you saw it face to face.



In saying that, when you do decide to order something online, and then decide you don’t like it, it’s a complete hassle to return materials. Even if the website you’ve ordered items from offers free Larson pic 2returns (in which case free returns are quite rare), sending something bulky or fragile through the mail is quite the headache. Most likely, you’ll settle for a design you don’t really care for just to avoid the mess of sending it back. This is easily avoided by going into a showroom and doing hands-on shopping instead.



Another case in which in-house shopping is a winner, is when you have questions about your flooring. Your ideas of what may look good in your room/space may not translate well once the floors are in. Also, with the automated question box that online stores offer you, its hard to tell whether your questions are being fully (and rightfully) answered. Showing a designer pictures of your space, or even better, having a designer come to your home to see the rooms in real life gives you the assurance that you will get exactly what you want.



So, let’s say you decided to go with an online flooring option, and you’re ready to buy. Did you happen to get sticker shock at the shipping costs? The added expense of shipping your flooring will drive the cost of materials so high, you could save a bundle just by walking into our showroom instead. Take that extra shipping money you would have spent and buy your home something nice to header-aboutUsgo with those brand new floors!


We’re not against online shopping, but there are some things that just can’t be replicated by technology. Don’t go for the synthetic version of customer service with zero shopping assistance. Ask our designers to come to your home, see your vision with you, and help you select the flooring you will love for a lifetime!